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Texas Ain’t Perfect……… January 4, 2017

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……but it’s a heckuva lot better than a lot of places.  Two recent bits of evidence to that end, Texas has officially removed Planned Murderhood from its list of approved Medicaid “health care” suppliers, and a Texas judge has declared Obama’s plan to allow full-grown, mentally-ill men to legally use little girl’s restrooms unconstitutional:

Texas officially removed Planned Parenthood from the state’s Medicaid program Tuesday, according to a report from the Texas Tribune

A legal notice obtained by the Tribune said the $3 million in Medicaid reimbursements the organization received in 2015 will be canceled in 30 days. Planned Parenthood could request a hearing with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to delay the cutoff date, but officials told the Tribune they would resolve the matter in court.

“Planned Parenthood continues to serve Medicaid patients and will seek a preliminary injunction in an ongoing lawsuit filed in November 2015, following the state’s original threats to take action against Planned Parenthood’s patients,” Yvonne Gutierrez, executive director of Planned Parenthood Texas Votes, told the Tribune. [Everything is inverted, everything is inside out.  This is not taking action against Banned Parenthood’s patients, but against Planned Parenthood itself.  But PP is deeply politically unpopular, so they erect a virtual shield in the form of whatever patients they’ve had.  Unfortunately, since this will go to the courts, it’s a crap shoot as to how it will come out.  With Trump in, the odds improve somewhat, but are far from a certainty that the courts will rule rightly.  All it takes is one leftist judge and all Texas’ gains in the pro-life area can be undone.]

The state has been looking to completely remove Planned Parenthood from the state’s Medicaid program since October of last year, after a series of undercover videos was released that showed Planned Parenthood officials discussing the use of fetal tissue for research.  [The videos didn’t show Planned Butcherhood “discussing the use of fetal tissue for research,” they showed numerous Planned Barrenhood employees planning the sale of vast volumes of baby parts for profit, in addition to conducting illegal partial-birth abortions in order to save the most profitable bits.]

The anti-abortion group behind the videos claimed Planned Parenthood was improperly collecting fetal tissue from abortions and profiting from tissue donation reimbursements. Planned Parenthood officials have denied these claims and said they haven’t broken any laws.  [Sure, and 99% of those on death row claim they’ve never committed a crime]

Now, regarding the do or die issue of 2016 for the outgoing, diabolical Obama Administration, transgender bathrooms.  Foiled again, Barry Hussein:

A federal judge in Texas issued another crushing blow to President Obama’s transgender agenda Saturday: The judge granted a temporary injunction halting federal health officials’ efforts to enforce rules that would “likely violate” the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

In a 46-page decision, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor sided with the state and ruled that the Obama administration’s attempts to tailor health regulations while bolstering trans individuals’ rights would “likely violate” the RFRA by placing “substantial pressure on Plaintiffs to perform and cover transition and abortion procedures.” The rule, which was geared toward preventing discrimination against trans persons, failed to persuade O’Connor as he weighed its implementation against the possibility of violating doctors’ religious beliefs. [Everything, including the ludicrous “transgender bathoom” issue, comes back to abortion, for the Left.  It’s the source and summit of their demonic faith]

……..as O’Connor noted, the rule would have “imposed a substantial burden” on private health care providers’ abilities to honor their religious exercise and expression because the rule contains no suitable exemptions.

“The regulations at issue would force doctors to enforce gender transition procedures even on young children, even when doctors believe the procedure is harmful,” Luke Goodrich, an attorney with the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty representing the case’s plaintiff, told the Houston Chronicle……

…..O’Connor’s Saturday decision marked the second time he has actively thwarted the Obama administration’s agenda in 2016. Back in October, the judge blocked the federal government’s move requiring public schools to allow trans persons to use whichever restroom suited their gender identities. [Good for Reed O’Connor.  One of the few good things that came out of the Bush ’43 administration]

The article did not even touch on an equally egregious aspect of Obama’s ploy, in addition to his attempt to impose immorality through governmental force, no matter how much it harms beliefs deeply held by millions of Americans, and that is his attempt to legislate by executive fiat. Obama knows transgender bathrooms are deeply unpopular across much of the country and there is absolutely zero chance that Congress, as presently constituted, would pass a law imposing such.  Knowing that he is constitutionally thwarted, Obama, as he has often done, has tried an end-run through executive fiat.  Sadly, due to the weakness of Republican leadership in Congress (and, more than likely, their private agreement with him on many of these issues), Obama has been permitted to function in this rule by decree manner far too often, and gotten away with it.

I pray Trump examines ALL the areas in which Obama has attempted to force his agenda through like a tin pot dictator, and repeals them all, including these cultural/social issues that are really even more important that economic/political ones.   If he did that alone in his first 30 days his administration would be off to a strong start.

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So, While I Was Away, Dallas Got a New Bishop January 4, 2017

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, General Catholic, history, huh?, priests, secularism, Society.
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Edward Burns from, of all places, Juneau, AK, was named to replace departed <giggle> Cardinal <snort> Farrell about three weeks ago, while I was in beautiful but cold North Carolina.  This is a real under-the-radar kind of appointment.  Burns is not as young as I feared (59, meaning Dallas won’t be saddled with one man, great or disastrous, for thirty years, like Albany and Rochester have been), and he’s led a fairly low profile heretofore.  I’m not entirely certain, but there’s a good possibility that his former Diocese, Juneau, is the smallest in the nation.  Heck, it’s 6000 Catholics are smaller than probably 2/3 of the parishes in this diocese.

I’ll admit this appointment happened a great deal sooner than I thought.  Bishop Cardinal Farrell had said, before departing, that a replacement would be named within 2-3 months.  I scoffed at that, since other dioceses have waited 18-24 months to get replacements, but he was obviously better informed than I: the replacement was named just over 3 months after Farrell departed for his new sinecure in Rome.

New Bishop Burns hails originally from Pittsburgh, and got some love from Pope JPII (via Ratzinger) in being appointed one of the co-chairman of the apostolic investigation into the (deliberately engineered) vocations crisis in the US, and later was appointed to the Vatican review of US seminaries.  After that, however, he was sent back to Pittsburgh to the post he had held before he had been elevated to the USCCB in 1999, as rector of the diocesan seminary in Pittsburgh.  After an additional year in that role was apparently sufficient purgatory and he was then consecrated Bishop of Juneau by Benedict XVI in early 2009.  I don’t know if these moves signify a rising or falling star or are simply the vagaries of Church assignments for a man being groomed for the episcopate.  Beats me.

The Diocese of Pittsburgh under Bishop David Zubik is generally seen to be somewhat on the conservative side, I think, at least relatively speaking by 201X American standards.  What that means for our new Bishop Burns in Dallas is uncertain.  This guy does not have much of a paper trail, though he has been fairly reliably pro-life, at least in a few public pronouncements.  He doesn’t seem to be a screaming liberal, but I could be fooled.

I’m also uncertain what Burn’s appointment means for the Diocese.  It does seem something of a step down, from receiving the consummate insider (and clearly a man on the rise) in Farrell, who had been a protege of the notorious but highly influential Cardinal McCarrick, a big player in the politically important Archdiocese of Washington, DC, and a deeply committed USCCB apparatchik, to this guy, wonderful though he may be (or may not be) from the Diocese of North Pole.  Does that say something about how Dallas is perceived within the Church? Under Farrell, Dallas went from being something of a backwater with a scandalous recent past (the boy-rape scandals and decadent seminary situation being Farrell’s two biggest repair priorities in office) to being a destination, from being a place that received bishops from elsewhere to one that exported many into leadership positions in nearby dioceses.  Or is it a situation where a diocese in crisis merited an admittedly sharp administrator (if hardly an inspiring, doctrinally strong shepherd), and now that the crisis is supposedly past (though things continue to be buried), someone of a lower profile could be named as replacement?  I do not say any of this as a criticism of Burns, it’s simply comparing the very disparate past histories of two different men.

Some local pro-life folks have apparently met with Bishop-elect Burns and came away heartened.  So maybe he’ll be awesome.  My guess is that very little will change, practically speaking.  There isn’t anything in his background, that I have found, that indicates he might have a innate hostility towards Tradition, over and above what most men formed in his time and place have.  Of course, it’s difficult to say, most of this is just speculation off of a few thread of evidence.  If you have found documentation that indicates reasons for concern or elation, please share them.  My research has been limited to an afternoon and an evening during the break.  I admit I am mostly just spitballing in this post.

One thing that has changed, and I imagine this was planned under Farrell, is that the local pro-life Mass and march will be split into two days, and the march will be little more than a short stroll from the convention center to an empty parking lot on deserted, weekend downtown streets (the last bit being per usual, unfortunately).  This isn’t a major change, formerly held on one day with a Mass and a mile or so long march through downtown Dallas, the local pro-life March has, over the years, degenerated into a self-congratulatory spectacle garnering precious little media coverage and accomplishing mostly mutual back-patting. I don’t criticize those who participate, it’s certainly fine to get some reinforcement for one’s pro-life beliefs, but the March reaches basically no one who is not already converted and I don’t think it accomplishes a great deal in the defense of life in any concrete sense. As such, we’re going to just pray/counsel outside a mill, instead of participating in the March.  Unfortunately, in the wake of the court’s overturning of Texas HB2, mills that had closed down due to the bill are re-opening, like the notorious Northpark mill which is nearly complete.

Trump to DHS: Start Preparations to Build Wall January 4, 2017

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, General Catholic, Immigration, It's all about the $$$, Restoration, scandals, self-serving, Society, Victory.
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Wellity wellity wellity – is this one prominent campaign promise that might come true?  What might such a wall look like?  What kind of overwatch would it have?  Guard towers every X meters, or regular patrols, or an abundance of sensors, or all of the above, or?  If we can find three camel herding Taliban in 50,000 square kilometers of mountain terrain with airborne drones, can we not find most all the 2-3 million illegals who cross the border every year?

Do you think it will really happen?  I imagine the wall would have to be completed within his term(s) of office, because I don’t see many replacements that would finish it.  Can it be done?  How much will it help? (my guess – if built right and patrolled properly, it will cut illegal immigration 90+%, which is why the business/political elite hates the idea so much):

A memo from the Department of Homeland Security, which was recently reviewed by Reuters, suggest that the Trump administration plans to hit the ground running on the construction of that U.S.-Mexico border wall when they move into the White House later this month.  The memo apparently summarized a meeting held between DHS officials and Trump’s transition team on December 5th in which requests were made for an assessment of “all assets available for border wall and barrier construction.” [Back in the 80s, the South Africans had flat bed trucks rigged with gear that could spit out hundreds of feet of triple concertina wire in seconds. The truck just drove along at a fair pace while the wire spat out the back.  Great way to isolate a fair sized locality very quickly. A southern border wall could be built incrementally, starting with a quick and dirty version while a more permanent one is built.  Even triple concertina will slow people down, a lot.]

In a wide-ranging request for documents and analysis, President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team asked the Department of Homeland Security last month to assess all assets available for border wall and barrier construction.

The requests were made in a Dec. 5 meeting between Trump’s transition team and Department of Homeland Security officials, according to an internal agency memo reviewed by Reuters. The document offers a glimpse into the president-elect’s strategy for securing the U.S. borders and reversing polices put in place by the Obama administration. [The Left will try to tie this up in the courts]

The Trump transition team also allegedly took aim at Obama’s executive actions, requesting “copies of every executive order and directive sent to immigration agents since Obama took office in 2009.” 

The transition team also asked for copies of every executive order and directive sent to immigration agents since Obama took office in 2009, according to the memo summarizing the meeting.

Trump has said he intends to undo Obama’s executive actions on immigration, including a 2012 order to allow children brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents to remain in the country on temporary authorizations that allow them to attend college and work. [the so-called “dreamers.”]

The program, known as DACA, collected information including participants’ addresses that could theoretically be used to locate and deport them if the policy is reversed.

I’m agnostic on what happens to those millions currently in the country illegally once a wall gets built, or the immigration system is otherwise contained and stabilized at much lower, more easily integrated numbers.  I would actually prioritize expatriation of muslims, especially those with any even remotely radical or criminal connections, far ahead of deporting Hispanics.  Once the immigration rate is stabilized, it may be found that most Hispanics currently here illegally may remain and begin a path to normalized citizenship (save for those with criminal records and with a history of welfare abuse).  There are many reasonable avenues to pursue, once the crisis is past and we can calmly and rationally consider what to do with those already here.

But it’s almost impossible to act wisely while in the midst of such a terrific crisis as we are faced with a practically non-existent southern border.  It’s also difficult to act wisely when one political party seeks to gain a permanent majority by importing reliable voters to the detriment to much of the existing native population.  There are myriad reasons why a wall is necessary and prudent, in spite of any “offense” building such might seem to commit against charity.  Charity does have its bounds, especially in the material sense.  It is not required to absolutely impoverish oneself for the improvement of another, and that could well be what this nation faces on this current path of essentially unconstrained immigration.

One can only imagine the wailing and gnashing of teeth that will emanate from the USCCB (and this diocese?) should one brick get laid on that wall.  We rarely hear how those imported Catholics (half of which will be gone from the Church within 10 years or less) are exploited and abused by unscrupulous employers due to their precarious legal status.

Important Education for Kids: The Truth About Communism, 1962 January 4, 2017

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, disaster, error, General Catholic, history, horror, Revolution, scandals, secularism, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
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Narrated by Ronald Reagan, at the start of his political career, with an introduction by Alexander Kerensky, this relatively short (a little over an hour, in two parts) video provides an accurate, concise, brutal overview of the history of communism, primarily in its twentieth century incarnations in the Soviet Union and Maoist China.  Covered in detail is communism’s history of massive blood-letting among its own citizens, with tens of millions of Russians, and over 100 million Chinese, directly killed by their government through either direct action or deliberate acts of policy that had the effect, predicted well in advance, of causing millions to starve.  This of course leaves out the likely billions killed through abortion and/or contraception.

Unfortunately, the scale of communism’s evils are so great that even the very rotten core of the Soviet system, the hellish GULAG archipelago, receives only brief mention, but this vehicle of repression was at the heart of Soviet means of repression.  The Volga-Don canal project, during the construction of which tens of thousands (if not hundreds) perished, is briefly discussed, but the horrors of the Kolyma gold mines and other even worse examples from the GULAG were likely not known at this time, so they do not get mentioned.

Also noted is communism’s demonic messianic zeal to spread everywhere possible, including the use of espionage, propaganda, cultural subversion, and even violent repression when it starts to gain a sizable following.  The Frankfort School of German cultural communism was not well known enough at this time to gain a mention, but there exist abundant denunciations of this school and its sad success in destroying the Christian foundation of the West and badly subvert almost all of Europe and much of the United States.  That’s probably one complaint I have about this movie, it’s a product of its time and focuses almost exclusively on the political/economic/military aspects of communist expansionism, with very little attention paid to the far more important cultural aspects.  In the film’s defense, however, it should be noted that the revolution against the culture communism has achieved in the past 50 years was in its most nascent stages when this film was made.  The Gramscian theory was little known, and it seemed direct government to government military/economic confrontation was the pressing threat.  Little did these folks know, including, I think, Reagan, that the seeds of the destruction of the West had already been planted deep within key Western institutions like the academy, press, and governmental agencies, at this time.

This kind of material is certainly not taught in schools anymore. Few homeschool programs, to my knowledge, give serious attention to the evils of communism. As such, an entire generation of children has now been raised, and is coming to adulthood, not only failing to comprehend the evils of communism, but even being heavily propagandized into accepting its supposed “glories,” if kids are in the public schools in particular.  These two videos could go a long way towards making up this educational shortfall, which, I must admit, exists for my own children, in spite of my frequent dinner-table denunciations of this most satanic of political-economic systems.  Having not grown up in the Cold War, they simply do not know the extent of communism’s relentless, unimaginable evils.

If you have kids, I pray you strongly consider having them watch these if they are of an appropriate age.  There are some scenes of violent repression and some mass graves, but not much that I would say is inappropriate for kids of 10-12 years of age or so.  You may want to give the videos a perusal before showing them to children.  Some of the scenes may be disturbing for some kids – pretty much rows of bodies both barely covered with soil and lying out in the open.  But given how much such scenes are an inseparable aspect of communism, you might consider letting your kids seeing them so they may grasp its reality.

As the World Grows More Wicked, It’s Time for Justice January 4, 2017

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, horror, Interior Life, Latin Mass, priests, Society, Spiritual Warfare, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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I’m very heartened to see that the priest presenting the sermon below is back with an online presence.  Per SOP for these priests, I cannot mention his name though I certainly know him.  Something occurred towards the end of 2014 that somehow prevented this priest’s sermons from being presented online anymore.  While his personal website has not been updated since that time, starting about 3 months ago sermons from this priest began to appear on Sensus Fidelium.  Please, let’s not get into “name that priest” in the comments, nor expostulate on the reasons for his absence.  Let’s just be glad he’s back, and he’s in top form in the sermon below.  In fact, this priest, known rather well for his moral conviction and (very appropriate) righteous indignation, is about as morally offended in this sermon as I’ve ever heard him be.

The reason for that moral outrage has to do with the goings on at that highest levels of the Church, including the monstrous new Vatican website for “Catholic” sex education that features images and content the priest believes to be pornographic.  This website, which is intended to be the standard reference point for all Church catechesis in this morally fraught area, sort of slipped under the radar with all the other atrocities that have come to light over the past several months.  Yes there was coverage, but I don’t think the intensity or degree of concern was equal to the scandal this website should cause (due to its content, I’ll not be linking to it).

As he is wont to do, this priest presents a grand historical sweep, demonstrating in great deal concrete instances of God’s Justice in action against past societies that have fallen into the exact same kind of moral sewer we see around us today.  He exhorts souls to pray with great devotion for God’s mercy on us all, since we live in a time where the offenses against God have reached such a volume, and such extremes of action, that it seems inconceivable that God’s hand of righteous justice can be stayed much longer.

I pray you enjoy the sermon, and I apologize for my long absence.  I hoped to blog some over the break, but circumstances did not permit it.  Very glad to be back.

I hope to post more sermons from this priest in the coming days.